finding the familiar

Researching a new place is fun – and doesn’t detract from the thrill of discovery. There are some aspects of my current life I wanted to be sure I replicated…

immunizations

Immunizations have started. Hepatitis A & B are conveniently delivered in the same knot-forming-arm-numbing shot. Two for A, three for B. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following if…

flight & bed

There is nothing like buying a one-way ticket to a Caribbean island. Nothing. And a one-month temporary place to stay is set. That gives me four weeks to find an…

render unto caesar

Rendering unto Caesar isn’t that difficult in the US Virgin Islands – nor should it be. Anywhere. For US citizens there is the additional burden of IRS Form 8689 –…

how did you know it was time to go?

Outside of questions about the cost of living, employment, health insurance, hurricanes, sharks, clean drinking water, healthcare, zika virus and crime (wow … people carry around quite a few anxieties)…

the weekly beach advisory

Beaches are where the land meets the sea – and where stuff on the land meets the sea. They are usually the easiest way from land to ocean, which means…

how much does it cost?

That’s the question I hear most often – “How much higher is the cost of living down there? Have you thought about that?” Mid-way through 2016 I did an experiment…

dumbing down the tech

Part of getting ready is dumbing my tech down so I don’t have to rely upon a constant connection to the Internet. Part of moving to St. Croix is embracing…

from books to ebooks

Though I’ve used eBooks since the days of the Palm Pilot I’ve always preferred paper books. For book lovers they have a smell, texture and feel that is pleasing and comforting….

hello world

This blog is about the process of shutting my US mainland life down and relocating to the US Virgin Islands. That isn’t too involved, but it’s startling how enmeshed our…